Past, Present, Future.

Past, Present, Future.


Family Life Christian Church – October 21, 2018 – Allan Dunbar

Philippians 3:7-14 (NIV)

Rekindling Our Spiritual Passion


PRESENT:        A thrilling time to recall the past and to praise God                          for our present blessings.

Now What?

FUTURE:          Concepts from Steven Covey’sbook –

                        7 Habits of Highly Effective People

                        Some examples: Begin with the end in mind,

                        First understand – then be understood, Synergizing

                        Today, let’s build good habits from God’s Word!

                        Not PAST… or sometime in the FUTURE…  Now!

Define Habit: Habits are routines of behavior that are repeated                  regularly, tend to occur subconsciously, without directly      thinking consciously about them.

Romans 15:1-7

7 habits in Romans 15 that will make our spiritual family, our church, what it should be.

HABIT #1.   Consideration for Each Other. (vv.1,2).

            We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the     weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should           please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.

            “Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to    step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just      do what is most convenient for us.”(THE MESSAGE)

HABIT #2.   The Study of Scripture  (v.4).

                  For everything that was written in the past was written     to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the     Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might         have hope”.

HABIT #3.  Endurance or Steadfastness (v.4).                      

            “…so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures    and the encouragement they provide we might have           hope.”

HABIT #4. Hope    (v.4).

            “…in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide.    we might have hope.”

HABIT #5. Harmony   (v.5).

                  “5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement    give you the same attitude of mind toward each other         that Christ Jesus had…”

HABIT #6. Praise       (v.6).                                                                  so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the    God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

HABIT #7. Following   the Example of Jesus. (v7).

                  “7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in   order to bring praise to God.”

He emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born           in human likeness. And being found in human form,                     He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross. (Philippians 2)

If we would choose to develop these 7 habits,

            Family Life Christian Church’s future

            will center in being the congregation

            that God wants it to be…

                 Not a building… Not dwelling in the past…

                 Instead… Living by developing biblical habits

                 like the ones we’ve looked at today.


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